City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Niagara Falls

It is only natural that whoever visits Niagara Falls is eager to get the best possible view of the Falls itself. Luckily, there are quite a few spots in the city - such as Skylon Tower, Embassy Suite Hotel Tower, Konica Minolta Tower and Niagara Sky Wheel - offering exactly that. However, if the landmark waterfalls isn't just the only thing you want to observe in Niagara Falls, follow this orientation walk and find out what else is there worth checking out.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Canada » Niagara Falls (See other walking tours in Niagara Falls)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Stella
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Birds of the Lost Kingdom

1) Birds of the Lost Kingdom (must see)

Located close to the Falls on River Road, Bird Kingdom is one of the most visited attractions in Niagara Falls. It houses a very large live exhibition of birds from 80 different world species, many of them scarcely found in their natural habitat. Niagara Falls Bird Aviary is open to visitors daily from 9:30 am to 7 pm.
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Planet Hollywood

2) Planet Hollywood

Open since 1999, Planet Hollywood is one of the most prominent Niagara Falls attractions. Its round roof, unusual architecture, and original movie cars imitating a queue in front of the restaurant exemplify Hollywood influence. The walls of the inside dining rooms are full of souvenirs that were gifted to the restaurant by Hollywood celebrities.
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Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

3) Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (must see)

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark officially opened on May 2006. More than 200,000 US gallons (760,000 l) of water are used to operate this facility. There is a water oasis spanning 125,000 square feet (2.9 acres) that features high-speed water slides among other water-related attractions. An interactive Atlantis-themed aquatic play area, along with an indoor wave pool and six swimming pools including multiple activity areas for water-related sports can be found on the premises. There is also an outdoor activity pool open year round.

Other attractions include a jungle-style beach for children to play in, a beach club-style restaurant and a bar. This waterpark has been consistently compared to similar waterparks in Ohio and Indiana and was judged to be superior. The waterpark has managed to enjoy its reputation as one of the cleanest and most spacious waterpark in North America.

Located near Clifton Hill, people of all ages can dry off and enjoy the land-based museums and attractions that can be accessed within walking distance of the waterpark.

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Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars

4) Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars (must see)

Located at the bottom of Clifton Hill next to the Great Canadian Midway in Niagara Falls, Movieland Wax Museum holds more than 75 life-sized wax figures of stars from classic to current movies as well as music and recording stars. They are depicted in the most famous acting scenes. The museum allows visitors to take pictures with the Hollywood celebrities, a great popular attraction for tourists.
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Great Canadian Midway

5) Great Canadian Midway (must see)

One of the three arcades on Clifton Hill, the Great Canadian Midway, is an all-age game area. Besides being a clean place, they offer an amiable service for hundreds of fun, interactive games. Tickets may be exchanged for great prizes. Great Canadian Midway is considered to be one of the best places for family entertainment in Niagara Falls.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

6) Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum (must see)

Situated on Clifton Hill since 1963, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum still upholds its reputation of being the best museum in Niagara Falls. With its strange and incredible customs, artifacts and diverse hobbies, the museum houses Robert Ripley's exclusive collection of world curiosities. It features more than 700 exhibited items. Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum is worth visiting by all-aged guests.
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Ripley's 4D Moving Theater

7) Ripley's 4D Moving Theater

Ripley's 4D Moving Theater is next to the House of Frankenstein on Clifton Hill. They display two adventures daily. Strap yourself in hydraulic chairs moving in different directions and watch the movies through special glasses. It will make your experience very real. The attraction is not advisable for pregnant women or people who have health problems.
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Louis Tussaud's Waxworks

8) Louis Tussaud's Waxworks (must see)

Tussaud's Louis Waxworks can be found right near the Casino Niagara on Victoria Ave. The museum presents a wonderful collection of easily recognizable wax figures. There are over 100 lifelike wax replicas of world celebrities housed under the roof of an impressive English Tudor style construction. An interactive wax museum in Niagara Falls, the attraction is worth being toured by everyone from kids to grown-ups.
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Sky Wheel

9) Sky Wheel (must see)

Niagara Sky Wheel is a 175-foot (53.3 m) tall Ferris wheel in the middle of Clifton Hill. Niagara Sky Wheel is a Ronald Bussink Professional Rides designed R60 Giant Wheel, and was manufactured by Chance Rides and supplied by Chance Morgan. It opened on 17 June, 2006, at a cost of $10 million.

Its 42 Swiss-manufactured fully enclosed passenger cars are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the warmer months and each can carry eight people. The ride is approximately 12 to 15 minutes long, giving passengers views of the Niagara River, and the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls.

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Skylon Tower

10) Skylon Tower (must see)

The Skylon Tower is an observation tower that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the larger Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Construction of the Skylon began in May 1964 and was officially opened October 6, 1965 by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts. Standing at 160 metres (520 ft) from street level and 236 metres (775 ft) from the bottom of the falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and United States air transport authorities, due to its proximity to the international boundary.

It was the second tower to be built using the slipform method, in which concrete is continually poured into a form moving slowly up the tower. The tower features three outside mounted "Yellow Bug" elevators. The tower has two restaurants at its top, the lower Revolving Dining Room and the upper Summit Suite Buffet. The Revolving Dining Room seats 276 people and revolves once every hour by resting on a circular rail that is propelled by a 3 horsepower (2.2 kW) motor. An observation deck sits at the tower's summit. The base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade.

The Skylon Tower is seen in Superman II. It is also used as a police lookout in the 1979 film Search and Destroy starring Perry King and George Kennedy.

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Imax Theatre

11) Imax Theatre (must see)

Niagara Falls Imax Theatre is one the most popular places in town. The modern, pyramidal shape of the theatre makes it a recognizable landmark. If you're eager to listen to Niagara Falls stories about people who dared confront the urge and fury of the falls, or learn more about the first settlements with aborigines worshiping natural forces, then IMAX Theatre offers you the opportunity to watch a spectacular movie about daredevils. The theatre also houses Daredevil Gallery, displaying vestiges and authentic barrels, as well as a National Geographic Store.
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Falls Incline Railway

12) Falls Incline Railway (must see)

In operation at Niagara River over the past 230 years and newly reconstructed and modernized in 1966, the Falls Incline Railway, a.k.a. Horseshoe Falls Incline, assures a comfortable railway link between Falseview resort area and Niagara parks. The short transportation will lead you to the Table Rock Welcome Centre at the falls. The historic house, built in 1853, features a dining restaurant, an organized journey behind the falls, an operating centre and some gift stores. The observation deck in front of the Table Rock House offers an amazing and most popular open-air panorama of the falls.
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The Embassy Suites by Hilton

13) The Embassy Suites by Hilton

Situated right in the centre of the Fallsview tourist area, the Hilton Embassy Suites is a hotel giant featuring 42 levels above the falls. It is the tallest and largest Embassy Suites of all the other 190 hotels of the brand, across the USA and Canada. The tower is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in Niagara Falls, its architecture having been inspired from the location itself. Its visitors are offered a wonderful view of the nearest local attractions as well as a breathtaking scene of the falls.
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Konica Minolta Tower

14) Konica Minolta Tower (must see)

The Konica Minolta Tower Centre, opened in 1962, is located in the Fallsview district, and was the first of the modern observation towers built near the brink of the Falls. The Tower Hotel was originally called the Seagram Tower, named after the House of Seagram business in Montreal. It features an indoor observation deck, restaurant, wedding chapel, and hotel. From street level, the tower is 99 metres (325 feet) tall, however it is situated 160 metres (525 feet) above the falls. Construction began in 1961, and was reportedly the first using of the slipform construction method in North America.

Located on the 25th floor, the observation deck features a panoramic view of the falls and Niagara River in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows treated with a non-glare finish designed to enhance photography. There are many historical photos and news articles about the construction of the tower mounted around the deck in addition to pay-per-use telescopes. The observation deck is now closed and only available for weddings. Renovated in March 2005, the tower's restaurant offers gourmet meals featuring steak and seafood. At the same elevation as the Observation Deck, the restaurant is open for three meals per day.

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Walking Tours in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Create Your Own Walk in Niagara Falls

Create Your Own Walk in Niagara Falls

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Niarara Falls Family Entertainment

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Niagara Falls Shopping Tour

Niagara Falls Shopping Tour

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Museums in Niagara Falls

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Niagara Falls Historic Architecture

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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